As the Crow Flies

by MSO

"If you see one crow, Watch it out of sight, Joy before night"

The crow is a member of the corvid family which includes ravens, magpies and blue jays. These birds are highly intelligent and have a complex language. Crows are mischievous buggers that like to steal shiny items and are suspicious and shy. Some crows live in flocks called murders and musters.

The Celts believed that crows were an omen of death and conflict, and associated them with death transitions.

In the Middle Ages, people believed that sorcerers and witches used the symbol of a crow’s foot to cast death spells.

The Irish believed that crows flocking in trees, but not nesting were souls from Purgatory.

Russians believed that witches took the shape of a crow.

In Christianity ravens and crows were regarded as heralds of death and destruction.

Crows and ravens were thought of as messengers of death, pestilence, and battle. It was believed that these flesh hungry birds could smell the scent of death upon a person before they died – even through the walls of a house. In paintings, the crow or raven may be seen flying over battlefields, eager to feast on the dead. After the Battle of Armageddon, it’s said that crows will descend upon the lands of the wicked. These birds were thought to have a special taste for the bodies of hanged criminals and to enjoy plucking out the eyes of sinners. Christians thought they carried off the souls of the damned and associated this bird with Satan.

Here are a few old wives tales about birds:

* If you see 6 crows it means death.

* Finding a dead crow was a sign of good fortune.

* It is said that if you hear a crow cawing three times while flying over a house, it is a death omen.

* A bird in the house is a sign of death.

* If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

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